That's it! An excellent Fulham display and they leave Sunderland with all three points.
Altidore fouls Kasami and Fulham a free kick. Not long to go now.
Hangeland with a towering header away.
Yellow for Duff. Sunderland free kick.
Fulham playing a bit of keep ball. Sunderland will need to get the ball back quickly.
Johnson again with the cross but Stockdale claims well.
We will have 5 minutes of added time...
Great chance. Johnson does really well down the right, he crosses to Dong-Won but he heads wide.
Hughes heads away Johnson's cross. Sunderland bombarding Fulham with crosses.
Colback trying to force things down the left but again excellent defending by Fulham.
Wickham on Celustka off for Sunderland. 4 minutes left plus stoppage time.
Berbatov gives away a free kick, protests and hits the ball into the ground. Yellow card. No argument.
Berbatov just kicks it into the Sunderland half and Fulham get set up for another Sunderland attack. Fulham win a free kick though. Briggs is fouled.
Giaccherini still looks most threatening down the left but his cross creeps our of play this time. Still time for Sunderland.
Kasami has really put a shift in and tracks back well to prevent Johnson getting in down the right.
Stockdale hasn't had a save to make yet. Sunderland pressing from wide again.
Altidore this time from wide but it's too hard and Giaccherini can't get onto the cross.
Fulham playing a lot deeper now. Karagounis sitting in front of the back four. Expecting a big twelve minutes from the home side.
Sunderland look long again but Dong-Won can't reach that one. Sunderland need a lift and quickly.
No Darren Bent then today for Fulham. All three subs have now been used.
Stekelenburg off Stockdale on.
Stekelenburg has hurt his shoulder. Altidore did catch him after the previous stop.
Stekelenburg saves from Giaccherini. Good chance for Sunderland. Fulham 'keeper does well again.
Karagounis looking for the ball over the top for Berbatov but the Bulgarian will prefer it to feet. Easy for Sunderland to clear.
Sessegnon off Dong-Won on for Sunderland.
Sunderland fans getting restless now. Altidore flicks through Gianccherini but he's offside.
Boateng off for Karagounis.
Fulham appear to be in control and Berbatov looks in the mood now as well. Colback gets Sunderland going again with a free kick.
Fulham win a throw. And it's taken by Briggs, who has played well since coming on early in the first half.
Sessegnon links well with Altidore this time and wins a corner.
Altidore with an excellent turn but fires wide. Lovely attempt. He's scored in his last 5 games for USA. He's getting closer today as well.
Johnson with the free kick but it's straight into the wall. Wasted opportunity.
Great strength from Altidore. He gets away from Hangeland and it's a free kick.
Giaccherini really trying down the left but nothing in the box. Sunderland must do better in the final third.
Johnson with a half volley but it's wide. Jol will be happy to restrict Sunderland to attempts like that from distance. Not troubling the Fulham goal.
Fulham certainly encouraged by the goal looking to press Sunderland further up the pitch now.
Cabral again from twenty yards but it's high and wide.
Fulham's tails certainly up. Sunderland fans will want their side to respond quickly.
Yes they can! Great delivery from Duff and Kasami powers in a header. 1-0 Fulham.
Berbatov wins Fulham a corner. Could they sneak one from a set piece?
Briggs this time with a ball in from the left but Berbatov doesn't attack it and Sunderland clear. Johnson has a go from distance at the other end. Still 0-0.
Johnson ha s a run at Briggs but the defender does well and clears.
Kasami gives away a free kick but he had very little help. 10/10 for effort though.
Altidore fouls Hughes and loses his boot.
Taarabt gives the ball away, Giaccherini breaks and his cut back is cleared by Boateng. Early warning for Fulham.
Duff gives away a free kick. No sign of Darren Bent just yet.
Fulham it is who get us started. No changes to either side.
Out come the teams for the start of the second half.
And that's it, all square at the break. Sunderland have had more possession but will want to create more chances after the break.
We will have 1 minute of added time.
Taarabt takes and it goes into the wall.
Taarabt wins a free kick just outside the box. Great position for Fulham. Nearly half time as well.
Johnson this time finds Giaccherini who beats Boateng but Cabral's header goes over. Really good move by Di Canio's side.
Johnson has got into some good areas but hasn't managed to find the quality required in the final third. So far, anyway.
Hangeland gives the ball away and Briggs helps out and diverts the ball for a corner. Sunderland having a real go now.
Johnson looks for O'Shea but eventually it goes out for a Fulham goal kick.
Boateng doing well defensively this time from a Sunderland corner but Sessegnon wins his side a free kick in a dangerous area.
Stekelenburg with a great save from Celustka from 25 yards. Great strike. Moment of the half.
Fulham struggling to keep the ball now. Giaccherini has a try from 25 yards but it's straight at Stekelenburg. Decent effort.
Cabral with a ball to Colback who whips in an excellent ball but Altidore is well marshalled by Hangeland.
Duff (former Newcastle) getting an interesting reception I think it's fair to say.
We have reached the half hour mark and still very tight. The side who remain composed in the final third likely to open the scoring. It's certainly been frantic.
Sunderland look long this time for Altidore but the ball trickles out of play. A rare moment for the crowd to draw breath.
O'Shea shows his experience and wins his side a goal kick. Kasami was putting him under pressure though.
Boateng is on the ground but it looks like another free kick to Sunderland.
Superb first touch by Cabral. Creates a yard but shot goes narrowly wide. Looks good.
Hangeland clears the corner but Johnson pushes forward again. Sunderland throw.
Larsson with the free kick but it goes into the wall and then cleared for a Sunderland corner.
First yellow card of the day goes to Boateng. It was coming.
Quite scrappy at the moment. Sunderland restricted to long attempts at the Fulham goal.
Cabral then has a go but it's deflected into Stekelenburg's arms.
Giaccherini swings one in but Hangeland is equal to it and heads clear.
Briggs on in place of Richardson for Fulham. early blow for Jol.
Richardson holding his hamstring muscle. Could he be about to go off? Matty Briggs has been recalled to the bench from the warm up area.
Boateng fouls Colback and he's on a final warning. Sessegnon fires wide.
Decent battle in the centre of the park between Boateng and Cabral. Sidwell wins it back this time and Fulham break again.
Johnson thought he had won his side a corner then but the referee points for another Fulham goal kick.
Kasami wins Fulham a fee kick but in the end they can't capitalise and it's a Sunderland goal kick. Martin Jol will be far happier now.
Stekelenburg bursts a few balloons before re starting. We've been here before remember?
Duff forced back towards goal by Altidore and eventually it goes out for a Fulham goal kick.
Signs that Berbatov is getting more involved with play as well. Fulham appear to have settled a little bit now.
Taarabt receives it this time and wins his side a free kick. Taarabt takes but it's easily cleared by Sunderland.
Fulham enjoying their best spell. But Richardson's ball doesn't quite fall for Kasami. Still 0-0.
Far too easy for Sunderland so far. Long way to go. You feel that Fulham can only get better.
Jol could be heard screaming: "Adel needs the ball."
Giaccherini looking lively as well down the left and then Cabal screws his shot wide.
johnson slips Sessegnon through wide but the flag is up.
Fulham struggling to break into the Sunderland half thus far. Celustka with the throw.
Sessegnon looks for Altidore but it's too long and through to the Fulham 'keeper.
Sunderland enjoying some good possession and they are looking really sharp early on. Di Canio will be pleased.
Altidore has a go from range and it's a corner to Sunderland. Good start from the home side.
Di Canio greets Jol with a big hug and we're are just about ready.
Here they come and welcome to a new season of football. So much hope and expectation on both sets of players...
The teams are in the tunnel and the atmosphere pitch side is really bubbling. Moments away from kick-off now...
Sunderland fans already in good voice. Just how will the new signings settle in though? The same can be said of Fulham of course.
Really excited about this fixture and expecting plenty of goals. I've been wrong before though.
Matt has been in touch via Twitter: "I'm a Fulham fan but I feel Sunderland and their new players will just be a bit too strong. 2-1 to Sunderland, sadly." Do you agree?
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Plenty of new faces in the Sunderland team. Altidore didn't quite get the goals he might have expected last time he played in the Premier League for Hull but he did well while in Holland.
Interesting to see how Berbatov links up with Taarabt. Could be a superb move by Fulham manager Martin Jol or might it backfire? Bent has to make do with a start on the bench.
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So, football is back and we could be in for a cracker here this afternoon. Sunderland have scored plenty of goals during pre-season and in Berbatov and Taarabt Fulham certainly have a goal threat.
Fulham subs: Senderos, Ruiz, Karagounis, Briggs, Rodallega, Bent, Stockdale.
Sunderland subs: Wickham, Moberg Karlsson, Diakite, Ba, Cuellar, Dong-won, Mannone.
Fulham starting XI: Stekelenburg, Riether, Richardson, Hangeland, Hughes, Sidwell, Boateng, Taarabt, Duff, Kasami, Berbatov.
Sunderland starting XI: Westwood, Celustka, Colback, Roberge, O'Shea (c), Larsson, Cabral, Johnson, Giaccherini, Sessegnon, Altidore.
Team news to follow...
Good afternoon and welcome to Sunderland v Fulham from the Stadium of Light.
Kick-off is at 1500 BST.